, when she was a school psychologist at East Lyme Middle School, has filed a civil lawsuit against Robinson, former East Lyme teacher Amanda Just, the East Lyme town clerk and Waterford Superintendent Jerome Belair, according to The Day.
Robinson was arrested in the spring of 2011 for allegedly having sex multiple times with Harris in 2001 when he was an East Lyme middle school student and she was his school psychologist, and for allegedly providing alcohol and drugs to Harris and his friends. Belair was the principal of East Lyme Middle School at the time.
The lawsuit alleges Harris suffered a variety of permanent emotional effects, partially leading him to a life of substance abuse and crime, according to The Day. Harris has been convicted of assault and driving under the influence, among other crimes.
In the case, Harris alleges Belair knew about the relationship and did not report it to authorities, according to The Day.
Belair was interviewed by police as part of Robinson’s arrest, according to a report by Detective Joseph Masson of the Connecticut State Police. Belair said he remembered Harris but was not told of any problems with Robinson.
Former East Lyme Middle School assistant principals Paul Freeman and Steve Buck were also both interviewed by Masson, and both said they did not know of any problems between Robinson and Harris. Freeman said any such problems should have been documented and action would have been taken.
Robinson’s files about Harris were uncovered by Masson, who reported there was no documentation of any threats or inappropriate behavior.
When asked about the case Thursday night by Patch, Belair refused comment. He said he first heard about the suit when Day reporter Karen Florin asked him for comment earlier in the day.
Harris is seeking an excess of $15,000 in compensatory and punitive damages from Robinson and the other school employees, including Belair, according to The Day.
Robinson's attorney, Norman A. Pattis, has denied all of Harris's claims, calling them a fantasy.